I have very broad interests but in general my work revolves around conservation and animal movement behaviour and specifically the interplay between environmental, physiological and cognitive factors that shape observed patterns of movement in wide ranging and nomadic species. I am a passionate advocate for evidence-based approaches to developing conservation policy. Recent work includes studying the movement ecology and conservation of endangered species including Asian Elephant, Przewalski's Horse and Grey Wolf and mapping networks of illegal wildlife trade and consumption in Myanmar.
Outside of science I am a keen wildlife photographer and have worked for years as a circus/street performer and co-founded a street performance company and circus school in my home country of Ireland.
Animal telemetry, movement behaviour of nomadic species on contintental scales
Illegal wildlife trade. Interactions of vulnerable species with natural and man made landscapes. Evidence-based conservation actions.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Using UAVs to monitor wild populations
2010 - 2015
Centre for Integrative Ecology, Deakin University, Australia
Thesis – Spatial ecology of nomadic waterfowl in arid Australia
University of Wales, Bangor
Thesis – The Breeding Raptor Community of Mt. Ochi (Greece), Patterns of Distribution and Habitat Use
"Boom and Bust" dynamics of arid ecosystems
Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland
BSc (hons), Environmental Science and Technology
Thesis – A Comparison of the Ecological and Physiochemical Conditions of Two Blanket Bogs in Co. Sligo